Iddon back on podium to wrap up his British Superbikes season

TURNING ON THE STYLE -- Christian Iddon on his way to second place at Brands Hatch.
TURNING ON THE STYLE -- Christian Iddon on his way to second place at Brands Hatch.

High Peak rider Christian Iddon wrapped up his MCE British Superbike Championship season by returning to the podium in the final round at the Brands Hatch Froumla One Grand Prix circuit in Kent.

The sun set on the championship with three races, and Tyco BMW star Iddon showed terrific pace round the 2.4-mile track throughout the weekend.

The highlight came in race one, an incident-packed affair that ended with the former Super Moto champion bringing his BMW S1000RR home in second spot. He also added a fifth-placed finish and ended up ninth in the season’s overall standings with 199 points, well behind champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (669 points) and runner-up, fellow Derbyshire rider Leon Haslam (640 points), but still clear of more than 20 other riders.

“It was an awesome weekend,” said the 31-year-old Iddon, who is from Hayfield. “The bike worked great and we made big steps in the wet when we had previously been struggling.

“We haven’t finished anywhere near where I had planned in the overall standings this season. But we have shown how strong we can be. I’ve loved every minute working with the Tyco BMW team, so a big thankyou to them all for an amazing year.”

Iddon looked strong throughout free practice, bagging second place on the grid, despite damp, unfavourable conditions. And after his win in the opening race, Iddon claimed pole position for the second, performing well on a drying track. He was in the first three for most of the race and only bad luck prevented another podium finish as an electrical fault scuppered his chances.

He still nabbed a front-row start for race three and although it ended up being a ten-lap dash to the flag because of rival James Rispoli’s Yamaha bike catching fire and dropping oil, Iddon again acquitted himself with credit.

He stood firm in third for most of the race and only in the closing stages did he drop back to fifth as title rvals Byrne and Haslam pinched places off him.

Added Iddon: “It was a shame to lose a second podium place in race two, but sometimes these things happen in racing.”